Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
~being together as a family
~our crooked Christmas tree that is now only decorated on top. Yes, it has been pulled over AGAIN. Don't ask how many times.
~"Ho, Ho"s . Not the snack cake but what my kids think Santa says.
~Our Christmas lights on the front of our house. Mark & I's 5th Christmas together as a married couple and the first year we have had lights.
~"Jesus." Yes, I am thankful for Jesus and the gift that he is to us. But also that my kids know who he is. And I think it is slightly humorous that they fight over him while playing with their little people Nativity.
~Stickers. A new favorite part of our bed time routine is the advent calendar and the stickers we put on each night.
~"Snowman" "Santa" "Tree" "Pretty" (in relation to anything that lights up and sparkles)
Just a few of the words that I hear all day long.
Despite all the sickness we have had in our house
I can't put any Christmas presents under the tree
I haven't made any of my normal Holiday goodies to give to friends
we never got around to a Christmas card...
So I will embrace Christmas and its meaning and cherish all of my favorite things so far about the 2010 Holidays!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Hannah and Jack were able to "participate" in our church's nativity play this year. Jack was a sheep and Hannah was an angel...and I thought they were adorable. They, of course needed a lot of assistance from us but we were excited to watch them have their first stage debut. Also, we both forgot the camera so thank you Paul for the pictures.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Jack : Uses the stool to climb on the toilet (while closed) and yells "potty" over and over.
Hannah : Can't stop playing in the water. Yuck! Little opportunist sneaks in whenever the bathroom door is even slightly ajar.
So...we got a little toilet for them just so they can see it and sit on it if they want to. (Mainly Jack). But as far as actually doing anything with it...not yet! I imagine it will be awhile and we are definitely not interested in forcing the issue which in my mind would just be making it a much longer process than necessary. For now we just read books on it.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
We put up our tree and had to wait awhile before we could decorate it due to all of us not feeling well. But, we finally found a day where we could all participate in the ornament hanging. Everybody helped and it was a lot of fun. The top part of the tree has breakables and the bottom part is sparsely filled with un-breakables since I can't seem to keep their curious little hands from touching the oh so desirable ornaments. There are also a few that just never made it on to the tree and were confiscated by my darlings as new toys - "oh well."
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
My kids loved feeding the ducks. They know what ducks are and they love to tell me what they say, "quack-quack." We have a book called Rainbow Duck that we read all the time, so it was fun to be able to show them some real ducks. On Turkey day it was quite cold, so we were bundled, but it was so fun! But you wouldn't have even known it was cold outside - I think they would have stood there all day throwing bread to the ducks, if we had let them. And they didn't even try to eat the bread - just threw it!
We had so much fun the first time we decided to go see some other ducks later in the weekend with GiGi and Grandpa at a park near the house. It was warmer this time but VERY windy.
Again, we had lots of fun and as were leaving noticed the big sign that said "Do not feed the fowl." oops!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
We had a chilly day this year for Thanksgiving, but at least it was warmer than it would have been in Colorado. We mainly played indoors in the morning - exploring all of Gigi and Grandpa's Toys. The kids had fun entertaining the likes of everyone: Gigi, Grandpa, Uncle Jacob, Aunt Amie, Great Nanny, and Great Aunt Jackie.
Our family being together - Last year we were thinking of Hannah wishing she was already with us.
And for time with family!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I have been fired from cutting little man's hair...at least that is what was strongly implied the last time I accidentally butchered (trimmed) Jack's hair in August. My best friend Becky is just finishing cosmetology school and so I decided to let Becky do the honors on Jack's ever growing mullet like head of hair...today was the day.
(Becky and Jack)Also while there, Mark got a cut and then me too. No pictures of our new do's but here is a picture of the remnants of hair on the floor after my chopping experience.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
My brother Jacob a.k.a. "Hub-bub" recently came for a visit. It was so fun to have him visit us. He has been out in California working and was on his way back to Tulsa to see his lovely bride. We are really thankful for the time we had with him. He came on a Thursday and left on Saturday morning. It had been 6 months since the kids had seen him and they thoroughly enjoyed showing off for him. It was sad to say good-bye but we are so excited that we get to see him again for thankgsiving.
Using Jacob as a trampoline.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hannah calls Grandpa something like "ba pa" and for Jack it comes out "pumpkin." Weird, right? I know he will get it eventually but for now he is Grandpa Pumpkin. We all really enjoyed the visit and are thankful that we will see him again soon at thanksgiving!!
We really love visitors and our next one comes tomorrow. We CAN'T WAIT!!!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I am sure you could tell from our Pumpkin Party that our little ones dressed up as a scarecrow and Dorothy. Hannah had the little red shoes and everything - even a basket with a dog...not that it ended up in any photos. Jack seemed to do pretty good with his costume too and we did manage to get some photos with the hat on!
This was our first year in our new house and the first year we have had trick or treaters since Mark and I have been married. I thought I was prepared and bought candy. Then, someone told me that there really are a LOT of kids coming through so I bought more. We ran out by 6 o'clock when I had to announce the group of kids on our front porch that we were all out of candy. Oooops!
Jack and Hannah really liked seeing the kids come to our door and J even helped hand out some candy.
After we ran out of candy we fed the kids dinner and headed over to some friends house for some soup and hanging out.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Prayers for the family and for Eyerus.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Notice: Jack's cheeks are all puffy because I tried to bribe him to sit for the picture using candy corn.